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Project by darkhollow posted 07-06-2011 06:50 AM 1695 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make all of my spoons and bowls without he use of power tools. I use hatchets for most of the rough work and then use knives, gouges, and scrapers before sanding and finishing. I find most of the wood that I carve myself.

1- Whose Watching the Cat?; Cherry, 14 in tall.
2- Noah’s Raven Returns; Rhododendron, 11 in.
3- The Center; 150+year old American Holly; 11 in
4- Picket’s Retreat; Black Walnut; 11 in
5- Two Caged Balls (Devils in the Well, traditionally); Cherry, 6 in
6- Phoenix and Flower; Cherry, 10 in (the flower is on the back-side

-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 07:12 AM

These are very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 09:39 AM

Lovely work. :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 07-06-2011 10:14 AM

Wow thats really nice and great details.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-06-2011 02:49 PM

Wow! You are one talented carver/sculptor!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 07-06-2011 03:55 PM

These are all excellent! IF I were to pick a favorite, it would be the 3rd one. I really like the lines on that one…

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#6 posted 07-06-2011 04:14 PM

Outstanding work, Darkhollow. No power tools – your thinking is similar to mine but your talent is
off the scale in comparison.
Did it take you long to get such a depth of cut and so smooth a finish on the handle of pic 3? I’d be interested in seeing some pics ot the tools you use.

Also, Welcome to LJ’s. It’s a brilliant site for this sort of thing.

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#7 posted 07-06-2011 04:16 PM

welcome to LJ’s I hope you enjoy your stay..gorgeous work..thanks for sharing & i hope to see more

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#8 posted 07-06-2011 08:31 PM

Very nice work – Well done on all, but I really like “The Center”

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#9 posted 07-06-2011 08:52 PM

hi very nice spoons great design a fantastic piece of carving and without power tools great work
i love all of them and welcome to LJ IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO SHARE YOUR WORK AND HOW YOU DID IT


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#10 posted 07-07-2011 12:27 PM

Great carving!

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#11 posted 07-09-2011 03:41 AM

Very nice carving! But FYI The raven didn’t return… it was the dove.

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#12 posted 07-15-2011 06:02 AM

First of all, WELCOME TO LJ ! ! ! i I really enjoyed looking at your carved pcs. I particularly like your #3 for its design and fine detail. What did you finish them with?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#13 posted 07-15-2011 06:13 AM

Incredible work! Love the detail on it!

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#14 posted 07-15-2011 03:12 PM

These are wonderful spoons. I hope that I can one carve spoons as well as you do.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 07-15-2011 05:14 PM

Little Paw, The finish i’ve used almost exclusively for the past 14-15 years is Land Ark. (I posted a blog about them.) I use their soft-wax, interior finish, as it is food safe when cured, and it is easier to work with than anything else I’ve tried, with the exception of food-oils (olive, walnut,) and mineral oil, but most of these don’t cure fast or well.

Oh, yeah… I am aware that in the biblical story it was the dove that returned, but you never hear about the Raven again. Figuring that ravens are highly intelligent birds, i assume he hung out on the mainland, returning after the Dove and missing out on the hero’s welcome. (Chalk it up to artistic liscense!)

-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...

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